Night of Joy Recap

This year’s Night of Joy was a huge success. The Notre Dame parish hall and atrium were transformed into a very festive and elegant venue. Guests enjoyed cocktails in the atrium followed by a delicious Haitian dinner in the parish hall. Live performances punctuated the evening and dance music closed out the event. There were opportunities to participate in a silent auction or photo booth. Best of all, the entire community was able to socialize together and share some of the Haitian culture.

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Markesha Thompson

2020 High School Graduate

Markesha Thompson

Markesha Thompson

We would like to congratulation one of 2020 High School graduates, Markesha Thompson.

An active member of the Notre Dame Catholic Church, Markesha has served the church as a singer in the Michelangelo choir, Alter Server, Praise Dancer, Lecture Leader, Youth Instructor and the Secretary of the Youth Morningstar.

On Sunday, May 17, Father Yves will be honoring her during the 10 AM Mass service and at 2 PM, John Carroll will have an outdoor graduation ceremony for all the 2020 Graduates.

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Night of Joy 2019: Father Yves says Thank you.

On behalf of the Notre Dame Catholic Church, I would like to thank you all for your help and support. Everything was a question of happiness and joy.
Be blessed!
FR. Yves

Upcoming Events

We will be having our Fiftheen Annual Night of Joy Benefit Gala on Saturday, February 23th, 2019 at 6:30pm. The Gala will take place at the Pelican Yacht Club. The focus for this year’s Gala will be to support the needs of the community. In doing so, in addition to serving meals through Sarah’s kitchen, we will be assisting the Youth with their Summer Camp and we aim to build more amentites for our youth, such as playgrounds, so that we may empower them and allow them to have a safe haven for fun and enjoyment while they are away from home.

We encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the Gala with us, as its goal will be for the betterment of the community. And even if you are not able to make it, we will still appreciate your support through donations.

Message for the Advent season

My brothers and sisters,
The season of Advent is four weeks long, but only approximately. When Christmas
falls on a Monday, we have an Advent of only twenty-two days. When Christmas
falls on a Sunday, we have an Advent of a full four weeks. Most of us seem to love
Advent and that is one reason for wanting it to be long as possible. There is a
distinct pleasure in looking forward to Christmas. Advent, however, is a season of
expectation not only for the celebration of the birth of Christ, but also for his
return at the end of time. Then Christ will turn the universal kingdom over to his
Father for his honor and glory. The Church has already waited a long while for
that return, and so a lengthy Advent seems appropriate.
And yet the truth that Christ will come again is part of our faith. The first part of
Advent is an anticipation of the second coming, but throughout the entire year in
every Mass we pray to the Father: “Protect us from all anxiety as we wait in joyful
hope for the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ.”
We can say his coming is threefold. First, he came in the past. The Son of God
came to us and took on our human nature. We did nothing to earn this or to
make this happen. It was God’s own choice because of his great love and because
our great need for the blessings he could bring that he came to us.
The second way he comes to us in the present. He comes in his word, in the
sacraments, in prayer and in the poor. We must be aware of these ways so we can
recognize him and respond to him, listening to his word, letting ourselves be
nourished by the sacraments, taking time to pray, helping those who come our
way who have real needs.
The third way he comes to us is in the future. We do not know when that moment
will arrive or in what manner it will arrive, but it will arrive for all of us. When he
comes knocking on our door may we be ready, may we greet him as a friend and
not as a stranger. May we be watching and alert for his coming.
There some Advent traditions who can help us to stay alert:
First, Advent Candles, the candles are violet, the liturgical color for Advent in the
Church calendar with the exception of the third candle which is rose for Gaudete
Sunday. We light the candles to symbolize the coming of Christ, the light of the
world. You can have an Advent wreath to light a candle each Sunday by praying
for loved ones, and for peace in the world.
Giving Tree: Each year our Church has a giving tree set up in the foyer. Families
are invited to select a paper ornament labeled with child’s age, gender, and
desired gift for a family in our community that needs a little help this holiday
season. Many parishes, schools and non profits have such giving tree during
Advent. It is a good reminder to place focus on those who may not have much
during the season.
Contemplative Prayer: also called silent prayer is the practice of quieting your
thoughts, words and physical movements to simply rest in the love and presence
of God. Start by setting aside 5 to 10 minutes of your day for silent prayer.
Pope Francis reminded us that we carry out God’s work in closeness to him. He
emphasized that the apostolate of the ear is essential to his closeness. We cannot
come close to the Lord unless we listen to him in silence and know his loving
presence among us. In this manner we are able to communicate our faith to
others. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI often reminded us of the importance of
listening to God in silence. It is only in silence that we can appreciate the loving
presence of the Lord. My brothers and sisters, during the season of Advent, we
need to take time to listen to the Lord by listening as he speaks to us in the events
of our lives. As we prepare to enter into the season of Advent, may we listen
more attentively to the presence of God in our daily life. A blessed Advent to all.

Fr Yves Geffrard

Administrator of Notre Dame Catholic Church

Month of May :Month of Marie , A Message from Father Yves Geffrard

My brothers and sisters

The month of May is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, I would like to invite you to come closer to Mary to venerate her and to entrust you to her mediation. Let us thank her for her “fiat”, which today allows us to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, because to speak of the redemption of the human kind, Mary is the first act of conscious and total cooperation to this redemption. Thank you, Mary, for saying Yes.

The month of May is also Mothers’ Month: Let’s pray for all moms around the world. Those who know how to take responsibility, who struggle daily with life and who never tired when it comes to fulfilling their mother’s duty. With the Virgin Mary, let’s put them in the sacred heart of Jesus.

The month of May is also the month of flowers: With the Virgin Mary, offer a bouquet of thanksgiving well perfumed to Him who came to offer himself in sacrifice so that the world is saved.

Brothers and sisters

In this troubled world, let us ask Jesus through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, his Mother, to give us peace of heart so that we are not diverted from his grace.

Let’s ask her to help us to accept with total availability the mystery of God in our lives, and to be able to love as she did.

Pray for peace in the world, pray for leaders around the world. Let’s ask our Lady of Peace to look at countries in war.

May we, through the intercession of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, who is so close to us and so close to God, be filled with the grace and mercy of God.

Pray for each other.

Rev. Father Yves Geffrard

Notre Dame Catholic Church

Fort Pierce

@May 2018

Happy Easter from our Community of Faith